Vegans are all about compassion and love, so much so that we extend that emotion for all beings! Here are my picks for compassionate gifts for Valentine’s Day.
For the Nooch lover (aren’t we all?!)… need I say any more? Quite possibly the perfect Valentine’s Day card. (Vegan Macaroni Valentine by BettyTurbo, $4.00)
Nothing says Valentine quite like a kiss! Sweeten up your pout with a new lip balm. I’m a big fan of LUSH cosmetics, and their new lip gloss The Kiss will do just the trick! Slightly tinted and full of goodness, it’s sure to leave a delicious mark on your lover (or kitty cat). (Lush Cosmetics, $7.50, Newport Mall, Jersey City)
If you’re local to Jersey City/NYC, you most certainly have heard of The Cinnamon Snail vegan food truck. If you haven’t, you need to really get out more because the Snaily is where it’s AT! They are offering a full Valentine’s Day goodie menu – everything from donuts (I must recommend the Hulk Hogan Fudgie Wudgie!) to chocolate to cheesecake! Must order by February 10th in order to pick up your order on February 14th in Red Bank, NJ or Manhattan. (Assorted, $3-34.00)
For those who enjoy the outdoors (or just the smell of them), Juniper Ridge makes a lovely line of bath and body products amongst other Wilderness inspired products. With scents such as Sierra Summer Pine and Red Rock Canyon, you’ll be smelling like the Great Outdoors from the comfort of your 3rd floor walk up. Added bonus: portions of the proceeds are donated to Wilderness preservation organizations. (Sierra Summer Pine Bar Soap, $12.00, online)
Wear your support around your neck with beautifully designed vegan-inspired jewelry by Christy Robinson Design. Featuring a variety of jewelry (for men and women) and is offering a special Valentine’s Day collection where you are sure to find a lovely bauble for your vegan honey. I’ve been eyeing her pieces for quite some time! (Vegan Heart Necklace, $35.00, online)
For the art lover, Jersey City artist Kayt Hester has some wonderful animal-inspired prints (as well as iPhone cases, pillows and stationary) available online. Her medium is masking tape (Yes! Masking tape!) and quite often does art shows to benefit local Jersey City animal rescues. She also is available for commissioned works (can you say pet portraits?!). (Kayt Hester Tape, Prints starting at $12.48 / Commissions starting at $250.00, online).
Feel good the whole year through by sponsoring an animal in honor of your true love. Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary offers a range of sponsorship levels, and you’ll know a little critter is well-fed for the entire year. Commemorate your sponsorship by spending the day with your special critter and volunteer for a day… you could even make that a monthly event, too! The couple that volunteers together, stays together… plus what could be more romantic than slinging pig poo for the day? (WFAS Sponsorship Package, $10-50.00/month, online)
And for those who are all about the kink, you can find vegan-friendly boudoir accessories at The Vegan Sex Shop… enjoy!